If the first week in January was a dramafest, then last weekend was a shiny floor extravaganza. Three new light entertainment programs began on BBC One and ITV. BBC One’s latest talent show offering is Let It Shine. You may remember a few weeks ago we talked about vehicles for presenters, in particular Graham Norton? […]

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New Year, New Drama. Last weekend we welcomed a trio of new dramas on the major channels. It being January the 1st we were treated to the tradition as established as first footing, drinking too much and saying “I can’t get used to saying 2017”.  Yes, it was a new episode of Sherlock returning for […]

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This Christmas we’re treated to a stocking full of Christmas specials by the BBC. ITV on the other hand showed a load of Harry Potter films and Paul O’Grady doing something with dogs. The crown for the BBC’s Christmas day entertainment, or the fairy on the tree,  or the brandy sauce on the pudding, was […]

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Michael McIntyre’s show is big. Very big. Incredibly big. How do I know this? Because he told us about 16 times is the first 3 minutes. The Big Show (not to be confused with Steve Wrights Big Show on Radio 2. I don’t know whose show is biggest though. Perhaps the could have a Big […]

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Ok, it’s time for some blatant electioneering.  We are very happy to say that our little blog has been entered for the UK Blog of the Year Awards.  We are now at the public vote stage of the proceedings.  If you could spare a few minutes of your time to vote for us, then it […]

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ITV’s opening night included a variety show featuring entertainers such as Hughie Green and Harry Secombe and the channel has kept variety at it’s heart ever since. In the early days the network was dominated by cigar smoking theatrical agents and impresarios who used the new channel as an outlet for their acts. Then variety […]

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That Anna from Downton Abbey has gone all a bit macabre for Halloween. This week Joanna Froggart, the permanently fraught, but ever so nice Anna in Downton, has taken on another bonnets and bodice role playing the permanently pregnant, but ever so nasty Mary Ann Cotton in Dark Angel. Mary Ann achieved notoriety in the […]

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Last week saw the return of The Crystal Maze to Channel 4 as part of their Stand Up To Cancer night of fundraising. It was only while watching that I yearned for that big game show. Yes we have the likes of Wipeout and Ninja but there was something special about The Crystal Maze at […]

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I have no idea when Sunday evenings became synonymous with speed, well on the lesser channels anyway.  While BBC One and ITV are doing their big period dramas such as Poldark and Victoria, which play better to the female audience, BBC Two and Channel 4 are getting down and dirty with oil, machines and testosterone.  Top […]

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This week were introduced to a group of soulless autonyms who obeyed their master’s orders; but all the time we wondered “are they really human?”  But more about The Apprentice candidates later, the big US import to hit our screens this week was Westworld, JJ Abrams’ reboot of a 1970’s classic movie.  (I say classic, […]

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If you are meant to leave the best until last, does that mean that you put your worst first? If that’s the case, then the BBC is following that rule with its sitcom season. One of the headline grabbing programmes of the season was the remake of Are You Being Served. There is currently a […]

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Summer’s over. Sorry. The start of The Great British Bake Off signifies that autumn is on its way. It will soon be followed by Strictly, X Factor and The Apprentice, and then it will be Christmas. Yeah, depressing or what? But hey at least that we have 12 innuendo packed weeks as the Bake Offteam […]

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2012 was year zero for Olympic Opening Ceremonies. It was only when we saw what could be achieved, we realised what tosh we had been watching prior to this moment. (Well truth be known, we had always known that they were tosh, but we just assumed they could never be better, until Danny Boyle and […]

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And so it began.  At 9:55 on BBC1, David Dimbleby popped up on our screens looking like a startled mole at the start of what was to be a long night.  There is nothing like a good election show to lose half a night’s sleep.  The BBC are certainly getting value for money out of […]

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Top Gear used to be a programme about cars.  Really, it did.  It began on 22 April 1977 and was presented by Angela Rippon and some bloke called Tom Coyne (nope, means nothing to me either). It was produced at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham because: a) Pebble Mill made a lot of programmes for […]

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